KDEs' Multimedia needs
ml at tjansen.de
Sat Feb 22 19:19:03 GMT 2003
On Saturday 22 February 2003 19:37, Matthias Welwarsky wrote:
> A sound server. So far so well, but with what features, what would we want:
> - simultaneous access
> - network transparency (?)
Is desirable, in both directions (for thin clients, when the sound server runs
on the X11 side, it must receive sound and for desktop sharing, when the
sound server forwards sound to the client). This also adds the requirement
that the sound server should be able to encode sound data for low-bandwidth
connections, and that it supports a protocol like RTP that can handle packet
loss and network congestions graciously.
This is what I like about MAS.
> - in short, everything you'd want your soundcard to do.
What's missing in all sound servers so far is device management. They all
assume that people only have a single sound device, but that's not true.
Today there are USB webcams with built-in microphones, USB headset, VoIP
adapters that look like telephones and so on. On Windows managing them is
relatively easy, on Linux this is hell (especially if the /dev/dsp* nodes are
not stable, because they depend on the order the devices have been plugged
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